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2023 - 2024 High School Schedule

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Sample High School Course Plan:

While homeschoolers in Texas are not required to complete any specified course plan other than a bona fide visual study of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship, the Texas Education Agency’s, Recommended High School Program may give you starting point.

The TEA Recommended High School Program consists of 26 credits. The Core Recommended Course Sample is:

  • 4 credits of English/Language Arts, including English 1 and English 2

  • 3 credits of Mathematics, including Algebra I and Geometry

  • 3 credits of Science, including Biology

  • 3 credits of Social Studies, including World History, U.S. History (1877 to present), ½ credit Government, ½ credit Economics

  • 1 credit of Physical Education

  • 1 credit of Fine Arts

  • 5 ½ credits of Electives

  • 2 credits of Foreign Language Studies

​CG High School Course Plan:

At CG we plan to offer an opportunity to take all of the Core Recommended Courses listed above.​Classes will be subject to teacher availability and interest level.

Yearly Classes:
Some classes, like English, Math, Science and History are offered every year regardless of class size.

Writing Classes - (Multiple Writing classes and Literary Analysis)

Math Classes - (Algebra I, Geometry, & Algebra II)

Science Classes - (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology)

Spanish - (1 and 2)

Rotational Classes:
The following classes are in a rotation plan for every other year

Math: Personal Finance, a Consumer Math class

Science: Physics

Social Studies: World History, Government/Economics (rotates with US History) 

Worldview (rotates with Apologetics)

TEA Graduation Programs

 

 
Eng 1 - IEW 

Teacher: Mandi Mischnick

Grade: 9th or higher

Class Fee: None

Minimum number of students: 4

Maximum number of students: 12

Class Description: This is an IEW based writing class. This curriculum teaches students to write outlines that summarize given paragraphs, which they will then use to write their own papers. They will be instructed on how to organize their topics to write in a way that will capture the reader's attention and keep it. The curriculum will help them build on their current writing skills. 

 This is a tried-and-true curriculum that has been around for some time. Students will be responsible for bringing their IEW book to class each week along with their Bible, as these are mostly Bible-based writings. (We will write some essays that are on other topics.) Students will be given homework assignments to be completed each week via Google Classroom. (I will send invites to the classroom prior to school starting.) If the student does not have good internet service, we will make arrangements. Please be aware that this is a writing-intensive class and for students to get the most benefit out of it, they will need to complete all their assignments on time. It will be very helpful if parents encourage their teens in this endeavor.

 Text and supplies:

  1. IEW Bible-Based Writing, student book with vocabulary card set is included with book purchase: https://iew.com/shop/products/bible-based-writing-lessons-student-book-only

  2. Bible

  3. Index cards for writing vocabulary words unless you have bought a new book (they are included)

  4. A homework folder

  5. A folder for holding any papers given to the student by the teacher

  6. Notebook or lined writing paper, pencils

 It is also recommended that you use a grammar curriculum at home, but it is not required. The teaching emphasis in this class is on writing styles rather than a grammar curriculum. Students who use a grammar program at home, along with the writing curriculum in class, get a more rounded English curriculum. Common grammar errors will be discussed in class, but if the student struggles with grammar, it will inevitably affect his/her writing. 

Students will write a variety of essays on a wide range of topics. I hope to show them that writing can be fun, as well as vitally important. Students should come to class ready to learn, engage, discuss, and enjoy!  


 

English II - Creative Writing

Teacher: Tracy Coffey

Suitable ages: 10th and 11th Grades

Prerequisite: CG English I

Class fee: $25.00/semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students in the class: 3

Objectives of this class:

1. To enhance a love of language and communication

2. To increase vocabulary and the understanding and use of correct grammar

3. To become an effective communicator

4. To improve creative and critical writing skills

5. To love writing!!

Description of the general class format:

Students will learn to write different types of creative writings such as: free, journal,

descriptive, persuasive, and fiction. The students will also work together to

brainstorm and edit papers. Students will be expected to take notes.

Description of homework activities:

1. There will be writing assignments each week.

2. Expect at least 2-3 hours of homework for this class every week.

3. Students will need to be organized and prepared to turn in homework.

Textbook/workbook information:

Writing: Writing instruction, notes, writing tips, and assignments will be printed and

handed out each week. Journaling will be done to practice and improve learned

writing skills.

Other important information:

Students are expected to complete homework assignments as assigned. *Failure to

complete assignments may result in the reassignment of the student to study

hall.

**A grade report will be kept in the front of their binder.

Students will need the following supplies:

-loose notebook paper

-pencils

-colored pencils

-1-inch binder

-(5) tabbed dividers

-access to computer and Word or Docs

 

English I - Creative Writing

Teacher: Mandy Mischnick

Suitable ages: 9th Grade or Higher

Prerequisite: 

Class fee: None

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students in the class: 3

Class Description: This class is for students who already have a strong writing foundation and maybe have already had an IEW class. If a student is new to writing essays or still struggling with basic writing skills, it is advised they take the English I IEW class. 

Students will learn how to write some different forms of essays, such as descriptive, narrative, persuasive, etc. As the name of the class implies, students will be encouraged to use their creativity through their writing. Some writing topics will be assigned, but others will be chosen by the students. The students will also work together to brainstorm and edit some papers.   

Students will be given homework assignments to be completed each week via Google Classroom. (I will send invites to the classroom prior to school starting.) If the student does not have good internet service, we will make arrangements. Please be aware that this is a writing-intensive class, and for students to get the most benefit out of it, they will need to complete all their assignments on time. It will be very helpful if parents encourage their teens in this endeavor. Students can expect at least 2 or more hours of homework a week. 

 Supplies:

  1. A homework folder or binder

  2. A folder for holding any papers given to the student by the teacher

  3. Notebook or lined writing paper, pencils

  4. A thesaurus 

It is also recommended that you use a grammar curriculum at home, but it is not required. The teaching emphasis in this class is on writing styles rather than a grammar curriculum. Students who use a grammar program at home, along with the writing curriculum in class, get a more rounded English curriculum. Common grammar errors will be discussed in class, but if the student struggles with grammar, it will inevitably affect his/her writing. 

I hope to show students that writing can be fun, as well as vitally important. Students should come to class ready to learn, engage, discuss, and enjoy! A positive attitude and good work ethic is a must to get the most out of this class. 

Eng 3 - College Prep

Teacher: Katie Raney

Class Minimum: 2

Class Fee: $10 print/copy/book fee (per semester)

Prerequisite:  CG English 2 or the equivalent thereof.

Course Description: English 3 college prep is a course designed for students to study, practice, and improve their writing skills, as well as, hone their critical observation and literary analysis skills with the direct goal of preparing for college level Composition I and II.

The course is a study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing. Students will write a variety of essay genres including: rhetorical analysis, poetry and literary analysis, persuasive, synthesis, creative writing assignments, and research papers. 

The emphasis of composition is on critical observation and thinking, proper understanding and application of literary devices, correct grammar usage, required MLA formatting and documentation, good logic, smooth transition, solid and effective examples and details, and effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style.

Additionally, students will read, study, and respond in formal essays to classic works including novels, plays, poetry, speeches, and short stories. Classroom time will involve analyzing literature together in class in order to think critically and rhetorically about literature and learn how to apply those principles to their own writing. Homework involves annotating texts, creating outlines, and weekly writing assignments (both formal and creative).

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will: demonstrate knowledge of writing processes, develop and outline ideas with appropriate support and attribution, write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose, and read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts, styles, themes, and characters

Course Expectations: Come to class each week with the book that we are reading, take notes and be an active participant during class discussions, have all of your materials and assigned work printed and ready at the beginning of class, and be kind to all.

Course Grading System: Tests and major essays will count as 40% of your total grade, while daily assignments, homework, quizzes, etc. will count as 60% of your total grade. 

Course Reading Materials: Macbeth by William Shakespeare (provided as part of fee to maintain same editions) Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis (provided as part of fee to maintain same editions)Selected poetry, speeches, letters, and short stories (provided)

Required Supplies and Accesses:

Access to computer with MS Word, internet for research, and email 

Access to 8th edition MLA handbook is recommended


 

Literary Analysis/Advanced English

Teacher: Sloane Simon

Grade: 9th or above; (recommended to have completed English 1 and English 2 but can be taking Eng. 2 concurrently.)

This class is rotational each year and will include different literature, poetry, and short stories; however, the format for the class will remain the same.

Class Fee: $10 supply fee

Maximum: 8 students

Minimum: 2 Students 

Class Objectives:To improve vocabulary, literary analysis, critical reading and comprehension skills. Exposure to literature.Students will participate in rhetorical discussions of weekly reading assignments. In addition to reading assignments, there will be accompanying comprehension questions, analysis, and basic research as appropriate.

Required Books: - TBD Will likely be American Literature Focused

All assignments will be graded according to the high school policy guidelines in the Cottage Garden policy form. There will be weekly homework assignments, class discussions, quizzes,and perhaps other special projects, per syllabus. Students will be required to keep up with weekly work by efficient use of syllabus, email, or text. Estimated homework time: Approximately 1 hour per day.

 

Physical Science

Teacher: Shazia Lackey
Grade: 8th/9th
Cost: $15 per student per semester
Maximum number of Students:  10          

Skills Needed: This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology.  It is recommended for 8th or 9th grade students who have completed General Science and Pre-Algebra and will be concurrently taking Algebra 1.  Math skills used in this course include converting measurement units, graphing, rearranging and solving equations, and multiplying and dividing fractions.  Students should display a maturity level appropriate for high school level work and be able to keep up with the workload. 

Class Description: The text discusses atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonds, reactions and energy, motion, forces, energy, waves and sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and Earth’s structure, weathering, and atmosphere.

Class Format: Class time is devoted to discussing, performing, and recording experiments.

Homework: Students are provided a syllabus that includes the required at home reading and what assignments are due and when at CG. Assignments for each module may include On Your Own Questions, Lab Reports, Study Guides, and Tests.  Projects may also be incorporated into the class.  Occasionally, students/parents perform experiments at home that are not completed in class because of time.  We cover each Module over 2 weeks.  The required time is approximately 1 hour per day at home.

Required Textbooks:  Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd edition

Solutions and Tests Manual, 3rd edition

Additional Supplies:  safety glasses/goggles, scientific calculator, 1” binder, package of 5 dividers (A folder to turn in homework will be provided)

 

Biology

Teacher: Mellissa Jones

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: This is a high school Biology credit, traditionally offered as a Freshman-level science class.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Science is recommended prior to takingBiology.

Class Fee: $20 per semester

Maximum:15 

Minimum: 3

Objectives of this class: This Biology class includes study of life from a Christian the perspective. This includes bacteria, chemistry of life, the cell, genetics, evolution, ecosystems and animal and plant kingdoms.Description of the general class format:Most of the class time will be spent performing lab experiments and module discussion withPowerPoint. We will use the microscope often, conduct experiments weekly, and participate in four dissections during the year.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: 50% of students grade will include this required work:

-Daily reading at home while answeringOYO(On your Own)

-Memorizing of terms from the book 

-Completing Study guide Writing lab reports as assigned

-Completing test guide

-Possible pop quiz and projects

50% of students grade: will come from Module tests. These tests will be taken at home,supervised by the parent and returned to the teacher to be graded.

Estimated homework time: will vary according to student, but approximately 1 hour per day.

Textbook/workbookinformation: Exploring Creation with Biology Jay L. Wile, 3rd Edition, Apologia textbook plus Solutions And Test manual.

Other important information:Teacher will grade chapter tests and keep records of all grades, including homework listed above. Parents will be notified of a student's progress each grading period. If students fall behind, they will be asked to transfer out of the class. No late work is accepted. Please see the policy form.

 

Living Books-Biology

Teacher: 

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 

HS Biology credit

Prerequisite: None

Class Fee: $30 Workbook; Printing Fee: $40(1st semester only, possible reimbursement if printing comes in less)

Minimum to Maximum number of students: 3-12

Objectives of thisClass: Learn more about the world we live in and more about God through the study of His creation. This includes topics such as: cells, ecosystems, and plant and animal kingdoms. General Class Format: Class time will include experiments (including microscopes and dissections), discussions, videos, and other activities.Description of enrichment/homework activities: Students will be expected to read the online textbook and complete the assigned workbook pages each week. Additional essays, readings,activities may also be assigned.

Grading: Workbook assignments and other weekly assignments, class participation, quizzesTextbook/workbook information: We will be using the online textbook, workbook,experiments, and basic outline from Guest Hollowhttps://guesthollow.com/guest-hollows-high-school-biology-curriculum-on line-schedule/ The online textbook includes free access to books by Ken Ham (The New Answers Books vol. 1 & 2), Evolution Exposed by Roger Patterson, and other books.


 

 

Anatomy and Physiology

Teacher: April McDonald

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:

This is an advanced biology course. It is intended for junior and senior-level students. Prerequisite: Successful completion of biology. First-year chemistry is strongly recommended, but not required to take this class. 

Apologia does recommend taking chemistry first.

Class Fee: $45 Fall and $35 in Spring

Minimum to Maximum number of students: 3-10

Objectives of this class: This advanced biology course covers the anatomy and physiology of the human body's eleven organ systems in detail. We will learn the structure and function of the human body from the cellular to the organ system level.

Description of the general class format: Most of the class time will be in lecture format. We will also use the microscope frequently and perform three dissections during the year. 

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Daily Work-50% of grade will include: Reading assignments, answering questions from the text, and completing a study guide for each module. Daily work must be checked by the parent or student prior to taking the test. Grades given will be for completion only. Writing lab reports as assigned. These will be graded by the teacher.Tests-50% of student's grade will come from chapter tests.These tests will be taken at home and returned to the teacher to be graded.

Estimated homework time: Will vary according to student, but approximately one hour per day. A large portion of this course includes memorization. More time may be required for some students. 

Textbook/Workbook information:

Advanced Biology: TheHuman Body 2nd Edition by Marilyn M. Shannon & Rachael L. Yunis

Advanced Biology: The Human Body 2nd Edition Student Notebook (not required)

 

 

Chemistry

Teacher: - Jennifer Poorman

Cost: $5-10/semester depending on number of students.

Class maximum: 8; Class minimum: 2

Prerequisites: Algebra 1

Description: (From the Publisher)

Discovering Design with Chemistry by Dr. Jay Wile offers an independent-study, college-preparatory course covering fundamental aspects of chemistry such as the classification of matter, atomic structure, spectroscopy, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, physical change, chemical change, stoichiometry, solutions, ideal gases, acid/base chemistry, reduction/oxidation reactions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium. Weaving together concepts and their mathematical applications, the course teaches students how to think as a chemist so they can analyze the major changes that occur in matter.  Dr. Wile employs the "atoms first" approach to his chemistry presentation in this text, which is different from Exploring Creation with Chemistry 2nd Ed. (also authored by Dr. Wile). This approach presents foundational information about atoms and molecules, and then builds upon that information for a logical sequential presentation of topics. 

 

There are 16 chapters and each includes reading and experiments. Within each chapter are statements and equations printed in pink boxes and definitions centered in the text; these need to be memorized by the student. Comprehension Check questions are found within the reading. These are offered periodically to see if the reader understands the information that was just presented; solutions are found near the end of each chapter. A chapter review rounds out the chapter information. This section reviews all of the information found in that chapter. All of this is presented from a creation perspective and gives credit to our Creator.

 

In co-op class we will be conducting some of the experiments, I may review the chapter as time allows, and I will attempt to answer any questions the students have pertaining to the material. As my schedule allows, I may also be available for questions/to help outside of co-op. I will not assign daily reading, I simply assign when the chapters need to be read by, when the tests are due, and what experiments they need to come prepared to do. This is high school and your student needs to learn how to manage their time to be able to get the grade they want. I will collect comprehension checks and chapter reviews but only check to see that they are done, I do not grade them. The tests will be handed out by me in an envelope and are to be proctored by you and returned to me in the envelope. I will grade the tests. 

 

Your student will need the textbook and answer key/test booklet. Parents please keep up with the answer key/test booklet as this does have copies of the test and test answers in it. No worries, I will grade the tests for you.

 

 

Health

Teacher:Moore

Class Size: 2-12

Curriculum: Apologia

Fee: $35

Fee may vary after teacher plans curriculum

 

 

Algebra 1: Math-U-See

Teacher: Jennifer Flanders

Grade: High School (9th grade typically)

Cost: $10 per semester class fee

Min-Max: 2-8 students

Prerequisite for this class: successful completion of a Pre-Algebra course

Class Description: In this mastery-based math program, your student will focus on mastery of a single skill, and then move on to learn new concepts, laying a foundation for ever-increasing levels of proficiency. In Math-U-See Algebra I, your student will study concepts such as: variables, signed numbers, solving inequalities, solving word problems, addition, operations with polynomials, binomial factors, radical expressions, irrational numbers, graphing lines and inequalities, graphical solutions, and much more.

Required Materials: Math-U-See Algebra I Student Packet  Each student packet consists of daily practice problems to help students master the concept covered in class that week, plus an exam booklet to test their understanding.  The course instructor will grade the tests. To facilitate with homework grading and review, parents will be required to check homework weekly and circle any problems that do not match the answer key.

Homework: 1 problem set a day, five days a week, each containing 5-20 problems, plus a weekly test with 10-15 problems. If your student is strong in math, coursework should take no more than 4-5 hours a week, if that. If your student struggles in math, the coursework may take considerably longer. 

 

Algebra 2: Math-U-See

Teacher: Jennifer Flanders

Grade: High School (10th grade typically)

Cost: $10 per semester class fee

Min-Max number of students: 2-8

Prerequisite for this class: successful completion of an Algebra 1 course

Class Description: In this mastery-based math program, your student will focus on mastery of a single skill, and then move on to learn new concepts, laying a foundation for ever-increasing levels of proficiency. In Math-U-See Algebra 2, your student will study concepts such as: variables, signed numbers, solving inequalities, solving word problems, addition, operations with polynomials, binomial factors, radical expressions, irrational numbers, graphing lines and inequalities, graphical solutions, and much more.

Required Materials: Math-U-See Algebra 2 Student Set, Each student packet consists of daily practice problems to help students master the concept covered in class that week, plus an exam booklet to test their understanding.  The course instructor will grade the tests. To facilitate with homework grading and review, parents will be required to check homework weekly and circle any problems that do not match the answer key.

Homework: 1 problem set a day, five days a week, each containing 5-20 problems, plus a weekly test with 10-15 problems. If your student is strong in math, coursework should take no more than 4-5 hours a week, if that. If your student struggles in math, the coursework may take considerably longer. If your student struggles, you may consider buying a course textbook in addition to the student packet for reviewing concepts at home.

 

 

Geometry

Teacher: Kimberling

Class Size: 2-12

Curriculum: Math-U-See

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: The student MUST have successfully completed an Algebra I curriculum. The student should solidly have multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts in place.The student needs to have a good understanding of fractions and other basic concepts of math.

Class fee: $10

Maximum number of students in this class: 8

Minimum number of students: 1

Objectives of this class: To equip the student with the ability to understand geometry concepts and successfully solve geometry problems and to establish a self-image of being capable and prepared for higher math.

Description of the general class format: Math-U-See Geometry has three main areas of emphasis. They are: the vocabulary of geometry, practical applications of geometry, and traditional geometry, including proofs. Topics include lines, angles, area, perimeter, volume, Pythagorean theorem, axioms and postulates, congruency, and similarity. An introduction to trigonometric functions is included to prepare students for testing they may do before taking a trigonometry course. Concepts for the week will be introduced to the students via classroom instruction. Classroom time will also include practice of the introduced concept.

Description of homework activities: Students will have homework assignments that must be completed each day. Expect about 1/2 hour of work per day. Students will take weekly tests at home.

 

 

World Geography

Teacher - Becze

Class Minimum - 2

Class maximum - 12

Curriculum - Notgrass

More details to follow after a teacher has been assigned.

From Website - Exploring World Geography by Ray Notgrass is a one-year high school course that describes and explains the world God created. Students will learn about mankind's interaction with the world both in the past and in the present. The curriculum addresses two main questions: How has the physical world made a difference in what people have done, how they have lived, and how they live today? How have people made a difference in the physical world, and how are they making a difference in it today? 

https://notgrasshistory.com/collections/exploring-world-geography

 

 

US History Course 

Teacher - Becky Dykes

Age: High School Age

Class Fee: $10

Min to Max number of students in the class: 2-12

Class Description: 

 Providing students with an overview of American history from Columbus to the present day, Exploring America from Notgrass Company is a full-year high school course that presents US history from a Christian perspective.

This course is comprised of two primary texts and a volume of primary documents ("American Voices"). Each textbook unit is filled with conservational chapters and many full-color photographs of archival images, artifacts, and locations. In addition to reading the narrative about events, issues, and people, students will read original documents, speeches, poems, and stories in American Voices. Units begin with a summary and list of lessons, memory work, books used, and a project. Each lesson ends with readings from the book American Voices, and instructions for questions and quizzes (the optional review questions, quizzes and tests themselves are in the sold-separately Exploring America Student Review Pack). 

This updated 2019 edition features an expanded last chapter to take readers through the present, as well as a new layout that features full-color photographs, illustrations, and a hardcover binding. One hundred and fifty lessons are divided into thirty units of five lessons each.

Students will be expected to read assigned chapters at home and participate in class discussions.  Projects will occasionally be assigned. This course, when all assignments are completed, provides one credit of American history, one credit of English, and one credit of Bible, however at Cottage Garden we are only doing the American History study.  The English and Bible can be done at home on your own time.

Required Textbook and Materials: https://notgrasshistory.com/collections/exploring-america

-Part 1: Exploring America; Columbus through Reconstruction

-Part 2: Late 1800s to the Present

-American Voices

-There is also an audio download available to listen to the text.

-Three Ring Binder

 

 

Spanish 1

Teacher:Nafisa Morris

Suitable ages:This is a high school level course but a JH student who has completed the JH Spanishclass could be considered.

Class Fee:$10/semester

Textbook/workbook information:Eachstudent must have access to “Spanish I for Christian Schools”2nd edition Student Text by BJU press. The other materials offered by BJU are NOT needed.Minimum:3Maximum:12General description of the class:Spanish 1 introduces students to beginning Spanish. Students willlearn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, and makesmall talk. The textbook is rich with activities to help students gain confidence with the Spanish language.

 

HS Sign Language 1

Teacher: ​Meg Wingard

Class Fee: $10 

Suitable Ages/skill level:​ high school students - prerequisite none

Class Size: Min. 2 students Max. 12 students

Objective: American Sign Language 1 is an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL). Includes basic grammar, vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers, and cultural information related to the Deaf Community.

Class Description:​ This class will focus on learning sign language vocabulary. New vocabulary will be presented as well as how to use facial grammar and body language.  There will be homework weekly, in-class presentations, and exams.

Textbook: TBD​ Internet access is also needed to practice lessons and take weekly quizzes at home. Optional: Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language by Ed. Valli, Clayton (Author)

Homework expectations: Students must practice at home to be successful. Students will have homework to do at home before coming to class.

 

 

Intro to Cake Decorating (Fall Only)

Teacher: April McDonald

Class Fee: $35

Suitable Age/SkillLevel: High School Students

Maximum number of students: 10

Minimum number of students: 3

Objective: Students will learn the basics techniques for decorating cakes; different tools and how to use them; how to make, color and store icing; tricks and tips for baking; and skills for making beautiful cakes.

Supplies: Apron (food coloring can be permanent), Baked Cake*regularly*CG Mondays, Homemade Buttercream Frosting (see class description)

Class description: They will also need to bring homemade butter cream. No other icing will be allowed for decorating in class. Store bought icing does not work. It Does not hold up for what we are going to put it though. You can buy buttercream, but*not*tubs of Duncan Hines or BettyCrocker icing. Please Make sure you and most importantly your student realize the amount of work that will be required before class. Baked goods could be anything from cakes, cupcakes,cookies,etc.

As a class we will talk about what we will be bringing. Store-bought cake is fine and if it has icing on it ,we can scrape it off and decorate from there.We can be flexible on the cake/cupcake, we will not be flexible on the icing. Store bought icing does not work for this class and past classes have had students unable to participate.
 

 

Introduction to Hand Tool Woodworking 

Teacher: Daniel Burnett

Cost: $65 first semester. $35 second semester. 

Class size: 2 minimum- 10 maximum. 

No Prerequisites required for this class

Things to bring. 

Non tinted safety glasses. $4 at Lowe’s and HomeDepot. 

Three ring binder. 

Pencil. 

Sharpie. 

Close toed shoes  

A good attitude and a desire to learn about hand tool woodworking. 

Things to Know

Woodworking tools are inherently sharp. The potential for lacerations is very real. Applicable safety practices will be taught and each student must follow them at all times. Horse play will not be tolerated.

We will construct two shop projects for use during the class and the students will take them home at the end of the year.

All tools and materials will be supplied. 

Long hair will need to be pulled back and secured. 

Loose clothing will need to be secured. 

Jewelry will need to be removed during class. 

This class is moderately physical. It will require pushing, pulling, bending, stooping, standing, grasping and lifting up to 25 lbs. For female students dresses are not recommended however all accommodations will be made as needed to promote modesty. For any additional accommodations please ask. I don’t want anyone to miss out. 

Lesson Plan. 

Unit 1. Shop Safety/First aid. 

Unit 2 The Nature of a Tree. 

Unit 3 Marking, Measuring and Layout. 

Unit 4 The Saw. 

Unit 5 Saw Bench Project. 

Unit 6 The Chisel. 

Unit 7 The Brace and Bit. 

Unit 8 The Hand Plane. 

Unit 9 Low Roman Workbench Project. 

Unit 10 Work holding. 

Unit 11 Skill Practice/Project Completion. 

Unit 12 Skill Practice/Project Completion. 

Subject to change as time allows.

 

Intermediate Wood Working, make your own tool kit. 

Teacher: Daniel Burnett

Cost: $65 first semester $35 second semester. 

Class size: 2 minimum 12 maximum. 

Prerequisite: Introduction to Hand Tool Woodworking. 

In this class each student will construct their own 

  1. Tool box 

  2. Try square

  3. Marking gauge 

  4. Mallet 

  5. Dovetail gauge 

  6. Rip saw 

  7. Dovetail saw  

  8. Tenon saw

  9. Turning saw 

  10. Spoke shave 

  11. Fore Plane.      

  12. Tool Sharpening and tuning. 

Subject to change as time permits 

Things to bring. 

Low Roman work bench

Non tinted safety glasses. $4 available at Lowe’s and HomeDepot. 

Three ring binder. 

Pencil. 

Sharpie. 

Close toed shoes  

A good attitude and a desire to learn about hand tool woodworking. 

Things to Know

Woodworking tools are inherently sharp. The potential for lacerations is very real. Applicable safety practices will be taught and each student must follow them at all times. Horse play will not be tolerated.

We will construct two shop projects for use during the class and the students will take them home at the end of the year.

All tools and materials will be supplied. 

Long hair will need to be pulled back and secured. 

Loose clothing will need to be secured. 

Jewelry will need to be removed during class. 

This class is moderately physical. It will require pushing, pulling, bending, stooping, standing, grasping and lifting up to 25 lbs. For female students dresses are not recommended however all accommodations will be made as needed to promote modesty. For any additional accommodations please ask. I don’t want anyone to miss out. 

 

HS: Wood Burning class

Instructor: Jaci Luebbert

Suitable for: HS students 

Class fee: $35 per semester. Fee includes the wood supplies needed. 

Maximum class: 10 

Minimum: 2

Objective: Students will learn the art of wood burning. We will go over safety and the basics of the art style. We will do projects throughout the semester and work on bettering skills. The projects will include basic designs such as flowers or verses. Later in the semester we will do more difficult designs such as animals or calligraphy. Most of all we will have fun! 

Supplies needed: You will need to bring a woodburner. You can get them at Hobby Lobby or Michaels for around $20. I recommend the ones with a temperature control dial and the different tips included. That will help with different shading and textures.

 

 

Basic Bible Study Methods

Teacher: Clay Cannon

Grade: 9th grade and above

Cost: $5 class fee

Class size: 2 to 12 students

Class Objectives: To encourage a life-time habit of personal Bible study. To learn simple methods for studying the Bible. To study the Bible in class and at home and make personal application of things learned.

Class Description: This class will look at the following methods of studying the Bible: verse analysis, chapter study, book study and character study. We will also look at how to use a concordance and simple Bible study software which the instructor will have available in class.

Class Format: Class time will be divided between class discussion and actual study of the Bible utilizing the methods taught in class.

Homework: To be given and set by teacher. It will be the goal of this class to make studying the Bible enjoyable, not burdensome.

Required Materials: Bible, Spiral Notebook, Pen

 

 

Technique Culinary Class

Class fee: $35 per student

Max # of students 5

Min # of students 2

Objectives of this class:

For students to learn the basic and more advanced techniques that chefs use to make delicious

meals, learn to cook without a recipe and to cook based on what you have available.

Description of general class format:

Each week students will focus on 1-2 techniques while cooking delicious food. We will discuss

and learn the how and the why of basic and advanced cooking techniques, and will incorporate

frugality, using up what you have, cooking from your pantry and learning to “wing it” when you

are on a limited budget. You can create delicious, excellent meals no matter what your budget.

Menu building will be incorporated as well as some nutrition.

Description of homework activities:

I will send recipes and follow up notes via email to the students. I will also send cooking videos

of chefs I learned from, to reinforce the technique that was taught in class. These videos are

homework as well as trying the technique at home and sending me a photo of what they

cooked.

Spring semester will be more advanced than Fall. In the Spring we will learn more advanced

techniques as well as building a menu on a budget that is nutritionally balanced. There will be

homework assigned that requires student to cost out their menu based on a dollar amount,

follow nutritional guidelines, as well as preparing it at home and sending photos.

 

 
Computer Class/Web Design

Teacher: Flens

Class Size: 2-12 Students

Class Fee - $20 

 

Photography & Yearbook

Teacher: Waite

Class: 2-10

Class Fee: $20

Age: High School Class. We want hard workers, this is a team effort and want someone who wants to work alongside a team. You must be committed to fulfilling your roles.

This is a beginner digital photography course, it is meant to help you understand your camera and learn basic photography skills such as lighting, rules 2/3rds, depth of field, and black and white photography. 

Photography skills will be used in digital design using Canva. We will also be focusing on making a business using our skills. From advertisements to making a business plan for selling the yearbooks all on a budget.

In the yearbook portion, we will be focusing on learning whitespace, formatting, researching, and learning to work as a team to make a whole project while having fun.

Description of homework assignments:   

Throughout the course, there will be multiple assignments given due the following week.  They will be short and there to help the photographer grow in skills.  Missing work consistently will affect the entire team.

All photographs need to be uploaded to a website or a thumb drive prior to class.  

Required Equipment :

The Students will need a digital camera.  It does not have to be a DSLR.  Any digital camera will work.

Access to an electronic device to upload photos to a class account, likely Shutterfly.  Plus, a thumb drive.

A Gmail is preferred to be part of our Google Classroom.  We send lots of emails to work as a team during the week.

A laptop/phone or iPad in class is highly encouraged.

 

High School Boys Sports

Teacher: William O’Connel

Class Fee $10/semester
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: High School boy
Class Fee: $5 per semester
Maximum Number of Students: 20
Minimum Number of Students: 4
Description: The class will learn sports such as football, kickball, Dodgeball, baseball, etc. Students do not need to be proficient in any sport.
Goal:  teach boys team building, team camaraderie, rules of sports and provide a way of getting exercise.

 

Speech - Spring Only

Teacher: Waite

Class Size:2-10

Class Fee: $10

 

Business/Entrepreneurship - Fall Only

Teacher: Waite

Class Size: 2-10

Class Fee $15

 

Gun Safety

Teacher: Tony

Class Size: 2-15

Cost: $20 for class material

The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course is a great way for you to learn the basics of pistol shooting from the top firearms training organization in the world! 

What You'll Learn 

Essential gun safety rules (including handling and storage) Different types of pistols and which one is best for you 

The basics of ammunition 

The fundamentals of pistol shooting 

Different shooting positions 

The most common shooting errors 

Proper gun cleaning and maintenance How to maintain your skills 

Taught by Certified NRA Instructor 

An individual well educated will increases the level of safety required to be around firearms 

Optional Range day fee: To be determined on amount of ammo used ($20-$50) 

JH/HS Shared Classes
 
JH/HS Homeopathy

Teacher: Christine Davis

Class Minimum: 4

Class Maximum: 15

Class Fee: $35 + $27 for Textbook - Total Fee $62 (teacher will need to buy the textbooks to get our group discount

Description: We will be using the Teach me Health and Homeopathy curriculum. An inspiring and fun way to learn homeopathic remedies and the history behind homeopathy. This groundbreaking literature-based curriculum introduces kids to homeopathy in a meaningful and colorful way. Using a read-aloud one room schoolhouse approach, Teach Me Health and Homeopathy will give your kids a health toolkit they can never forget, and can use for a lifetime. 


 

Intro to Leather Crafting

Teacher: Brooke Maxon

Class Fee: $30

Max Class: 10 Students

I am beyond excited to teach our kids about LEATHER this year! 

Introduction to Leather crafting - 

In this class we will learn basic skills such as : 

using scrap pieces to make new and beautiful creations,

learn about the tanning process, how to "read" a hide, and understand the story of the cow that provided the leather for us (brandings, mosquito bites, scarring, etc) 

We will learn how to repair things such as belts, purse straps, as well as add to pieces / give them new life. 

This class will be filled with DIY leather crafts that will open the imagination to ENDLESS possibilities of leather crafts.

The only "homework" in this class will be a "grab bag" that has a piece of leather and some tools / supplies where the student has to create something and bring to class the following week.  My goal with this is for them to start to look at things with the word "resourcefulness" in mind.  How can I take something that might be damaged or imperfect and create something new with it? 

In addition, one of my favorite things about leather is not only the story it tells, but also the beauty in the imperfect.  Each hide is scarred, and bitten up and possibly branded / burned.  However, its those imperfections that make every piece unique and different from the rest.  That is exactly a representation of us - we are all scarred, a little beat up and have some remnants of parts of our life that have been hard - but all still so beautiful.  In addition, even the "scrap pieces" or the things that most people would trash - can be made into something new and absolutely beautiful. 

 

JH/HS Knitting for Beginners

Teacher: Tracy Coffey

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:

Junior High and High School

Prerequisite: none

Class fee: $30.00/Fall semester (includes knitting needles & yarn)

Spring semester TBD

Maximum number of students in the class: 10

Minimum number of students in the class: 2

Objectives of this class:

1. To learn to knit

2. To learn to read patterns and know abbreviations

3. To make several small projects

4. To practice and learn from mistakes....and not give up!

5. To have fun!!!

Description of the general class format:

Students will learn to knit and practice their new skills in class and at home. They will

need to bring supplies to class each week. They will work at their own pace on

different projects.

Description of homework activities:

1. Students will need to practice at home.

2. Practice. Practice. Practice. 😀

Textbook/workbook information:

Fall Semester: Fees include supplies for projects.

Spring Semester: Fees & projects may change depending on how students progress.

Other important information:

Come ready to learn and have fun!

Students will need the following supplies:

-plastic folder w/brads & pockets

-pencils

-small scissors


 

JH/HS Sewing (Beginners)

Teacher: Lacey Lowry

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Junior High/High School, need a willingness to listen and learn.

Class Fees: $40/semester

Minimum number of students: 1

Maximum number of students: 10

Class Descriptions: Students will learn how to operate their sewing machine comfortably, reading instructions, learn about different fabrics, apply Math to projects, Fun, etc.

Description of homework activities:  There will be times they need to sew at home.

Example Projects: bookmark, headband/scrunches, pillowcase, hot pads, holiday themed sewing.

Required Supplies: Sewing machine, scissors, white thread, pin cushion, straight pins, bobbins to fit their machine, container for their machine, and small container equivalent to what would hold 12x12 scrapbook paper projects.

Materials covered by class fees: Cutting mats, rotary tools, sewing rulers, fabrics, irons, and much more.

 
JH/HS Sewing (Advanced)

Teacher: Lacey Lowry

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Junior High/High School, and they have completed the Beginner Sewing Class

Class Fees: $40

Minimum number of students: 2

Maximum number of students: 10 (More can be approved by teacher.)

Class Descriptions: Students will be doing more intricate work and projects now they have learned how to sew.  They will be doing their own cutting and all.

Description of homework activities: Homework will be given from time to time if they are behind on a project.

Example Projects: apron, bag, hot pad, throw pillow, travel pillow, maybe a table runner, possibly a class project, etc.

Required Supplies: Sewing machine, scissors, white thread, pin cushion, straight pins, bobbin, large container for machine, small container for their project similar to a 12"x12" container for scrapbook ingredients paper projects.  They should have ALL of this from Beginner Sewing.

Materials covered by class fees: Cutting mats, rotary tools, sewing rulers, fabrics, irons, and much more.



 

JH/HS Studio Art 3

Teacher - Rebecca Helvey

(3 year rotation-current school year 2023/24 ) Students do not have to take Studio 1 in order to enlist in this class.

Class fees: $35 

Minimum students: 3

Maximum students: 15

Description of the general class format: This will be a course that will follow a three year curriculum; Studio 1, Studio 2 and Studio 3. There is no prerequisite to enter the course, only listed in consecutive order so that a student does not repeat a class in following years at Cottage Garden. The class will be structured with 10 minutes of information/history about an artist followed by about 30 minutes of student exploration in the artist's technique, with the final few minutes used for cleaning up and sharing. The emphasis of the class is exploration. There will be consecutive weeks that we work on the same technique and project. Students will explore a variety of artists, art processes and materials such as painting, drawing, chalk, mosaics, collage, & printing. The students will use class time exploring and developing skills in this creative endeavor.

Expectations and Goals: The goal of the class is to encourage students in the area of art & creativity while they explore different mediums and techniques. Willingness to get involved in the creative process is a more important requirement than the student’s talent or previous experience. Each student is required to submit at least one work for the End of the Year Program.

Course Materials: All supplies will be provided. Cover ups will be available.  However, students are welcome to bring their own apron/smock/old t-shirt to class.  Course Schedule.

1.Be in the room before the bell rings. Dropping your stuff and leaving would not qualify you as being on time.

2. Sit at your assigned seat unless given the “OK” to move. That means you do not walk around the room during the class to socialize.

3. Talk quietly with students at your table.

4. Draw, paint, etc. on your artwork only!

5. Bring your work home anytime you want. You are responsible for having it back next class day.

6. Encourage your fellow classmates in a positive way

7. You are responsible for cleaning your work area and tools that you used.



 

JH/HS Intro to Pickleball - 

Teacher - Christine Davis

Class fee $10 per semester. 

Class Maximum: 16 

This course is for students who have never played Pickleball. It will teach the basic rules for court play and once learned the class will enjoy open play, games and tournaments. Pickleball is a fun paddle sport played using a plastic ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a tennis type net on a badminton sized court. 

Instructor will purchase and provide indoor and outdoor balls, Pickleball paddles for each class period, and training equipment. Students are welcome to bring their own paddle, if desired.  

 

 

 

 

 

Pickleball Open Play- Jr. High/High School:

Teacher - Christine Davis

Class fee $10 per semester. 

Class Maximum: 16

This course has a prerequisite of taking “Intro to Pickleball” OR for students that currently know how to play and can accurately keep score. This class will enjoy open play on the new regulation Pickleball courts coming in the fall. Instructor will purchase and provide indoor and outdoor balls, Pickleball paddles for each class period, and training equipment.

Students are welcome to bring their own paddle, if desired. 

 

 

JH/HS Swords Level 2 

Instructor: Jaci Luebbert 

Prerequisite: These students needed to have completed the Level 1 sword class. 

Class Fee: $30 per semester

Maximum class: 12

Minimum class: 4

This class will cover fightbuilding, assorted weapons, and occasional combat. Class has to have been successfully completed within the last 2 years. This class is offered on a rotational basis with Sword level 1. Fees include equipment rentals, occasional snacks, and notebooks. 

Objective: In this class the students will learn to fight with an assortment of different weapons safely and incorporate them in their theatrical fights. 

Supplies needed: Gloves and sword (Can be leather work gloves. These can be purchased at Tractor Supply or Walmart. No fingerless gloves or bicycle gloves, etc.)

 

 

JH/HS Theater

Teacher: Chanel Hague

Class Fee: $10 (Fall) and $10 (for Spring)

Minim to Max number of students: 1-20

Requirements: This class is open to all acting levels & will be geared toward filling the needs & desires of each student to help them grow in their experience and love of theatre. Students need to come to each class prepared with a pencil, their issued scripts &/or materials, and a willingness to get outside their comfort zones.

Overview: Drama will center around stage performance, acting fundamentals & skills, theatre etiquette both on & off stage, acting & stage terms, acting exercises & techniques, acting preparation & warmups, scene study, character study, cast support, costuming, set & props. This is a one semester class for both fall and spring in which we will be putting on a production at the end of each semester. If your student does not want to perform in front of an audience, please do not have them enroll in this class, as it's a performing arts class.

**NOTE: there may be additional practice time needed for this class that will require students to stay for up to 30mins after co-op ends. This will only be if the class is very behind due to student absences or missed classes due to co-op being cancelled. If additional practice time is needed parents will be notified a head of time.

Grading Method: Each student will be graded based on participation & will receive either a pass or fail. Attendance at the final performance is mandatory. Students will have a lot of influence over how the class progresses & what we focus on in class as well as what the final production will be. I look forward to working with your students!

 

Homework: Memorize lines & stage direction, practice acting exercises, may be asked to watch media for instructional reference, some costume &/or prop assembly, etc. 

 

 

ARTistic Challenge 1

Teacher: Lisa White

Class Size: 2-12 Students

Class Fee: $35 per semester

The fundamentals of color theory are explored along with a thorough study of techniques. Composition is emphasized in abstract and realistic works using landscape, still life, and portraits.  Critical analysis of artwork is stressed in the application of the creative process.  Art appreciation and Art history are included as students evaluate works of European masters and apply techniques. A great starting point, learning different mediums, how to use the materials, and a great brush up on old and new techniques suited to your artist’s creative abilities.

Artistic Challenge 1 will activate thought and creativity through each lesson/art piece, as we build on the skills we've secured in previous grade school/ elementary years. Gently stretching your child, to see more than just a picture.

On the occasion that a student is not able to make class, they may be asked to finish up the current piece at home, turning in the following week. This allows class to run smoothly.

Course materials provided: all paintbrushes, smocks, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, and whatever might be needed for our current piece.

Course Materials needed: Mixed Media Sketchbook and Watercolor Paper (both of which your student is responsible for taking care of/ keeping up with)

 

 

ARTistic Challenge 2 (Advanced Art)

Teacher: Lisa White

Class Size: 2-12 Students

Class Fee: $35 per semester

Prerequisite: Artistic Challenge 1, a previous art study, the challenge to dive deeper, sharpen up skills and methods, and learn the ability to show your work.  Said work, will be showcased in a museum like setting (TBD) 

Art appreciation and Art history are included as students evaluate works of European masters and apply techniques. A great starting point, learning different mediums, how to use the materials, and a great brush up on old and new techniques suited to your artist’s creative abilities.

On occasion, if students will not be attending class, they will want to finish up their current piece at home to turn in the following week.  This allows class to run smoothly.

We will have “catch-up” days throughout the year to help assure they’re happy with the original work.

Course materials provided: all paintbrushes, smocks, watercolor, pastels, oils, acrylics, and anything that might be needed for a current art piece.

Course materials needed: Mixed Media Sketchbook and Watercolor Paper (both of which your student is responsible for taking care of/keeping up with.

Students are encouraged to use their own brushes and pencils if possible. (Not required, as we have plenty if needed)

Artistic Challenge 2 will allow students to ponder, explore, and discuss their own abilities and interests while broadening their skills and continued development.

 Throughout the year, students may need to provide their own canvas(9x12) if the lesson calls for it.  Students will be responsible for keeping up with emails to ensure there is no confusion throughout the year, as I will give them a week's notice to bring a canvas or something of the sort.

 

Robotics

Teacher: Flens

Class Size: 2-12

Class Fee: $25 per semester

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